logo Calflora, a 501c3 non-profit
Taxon  Report  
Ribes viburnifolium  A. Gray
Catalina currant,   Island gooseberry,   Santa catalina island currant
Ribes viburnifolium is a shrub that is native to California, and also found in Baja California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial
Observation Search
~79 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Bloom Period
Genus: Ribes
Family: Grossulariaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Chaparral
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Information about  Ribes viburnifolium from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


Photos on Calflora

Photos on CalPhotos

Google Images

Photos on iNaturalist

ID Tips on PlantID.net

[Wikipedia] Description, Distribution, Habitat: Ribes viburnifolium, is an uncommon North American species in the gooseberry family. It is known by the common names Catalina currant, Santa Catalina Island currant, island gooseberry[2] and evergreen currant.[3] Description Ribes viburnifolium is a perennial shrub[4] which grows low to the ground, extending long reddish stems horizontally. The leaves are dark green and shiny on their top surfaces, and lighter green or yellowish and leathery on the undersides. The leaves have glands which exude a sticky, citrus-scented sap.[3][5] Clusters of deep red flowers bloom in late winter and into early spring. The plant yields small red fruits later in the spring.[5][3] The red fruit attracts birds. The flowers attract hummingbirds and insects.[6] Distribution and habitat Distribution Ribes viburnifolium is native to the coast of Baja California and Southern California, from Smuggler's Canyon in the Tijuana Hills of San Diego County[7] to El Rosario in central Baja California.[8] The probable type locality is near Ensenada, from a 1882 collection by Marcus E. Jones.[9] R. viburnifolium is also present on several islands in the region, including Catalina Island and Todos Santos in the Southern California Bight, and Cedros Island farther to the south off of the Vizcaino Peninsula.[8] A persistent population from a planting exists in San Clemente Canyon, San Diego County.[10] Habitat The mainland habitat of Ribes viburnifolium along the southern San Diego and northern Baja California coast consists of coastal sage scrub and coastal succulent scrub,[8] with plants growing in canyons and arroyos with partial shade near the coast.[11] On the Punta Banda, R. viburnifolium is found growing in moist, wind-swept, and foggy sage scrub and chaparral.[7] On Cedros Island, this species is found in the pine groves north of the Gran Can.[12] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/22/2024).